Pandemic Higher Education: Applying Lessons Learned at AJU

Pandemic Higher Education: Applying Lessons Learned at AJU
Event Time
2:00 PM
Danielle Sassman, Dr. Robbie Totten


Event Details


Pandemic Higher Education: Applying Lessons Learned at AJU

Tuesday, 2pm-3:30pm PDT

Join us for the last installment of AJU's Scholars Symposium, dedicated to analyzing the changing nature of Jewish life before, during and after the global pandemic. This week, we will analyze higher education and its transformation during the pandemic. 

Bold declarations are made on a near-daily basis on how the COVID-19 pandemic will transform universities, including how it has reshaped student experiences. Conclusions are often stark, such as some students are left behind from improvised digital learning and no in-person events, while other students have thrived with the flexibility brought by changes. In this presentation, AJU's Academic Affairs team, including Dr. Robbie Totten, Chief Academic Officer and Danielle Sassman, Senior Director of Institutional Research, will shed light on these topics and AJU's first-hand experience transitioning from a brick-and-mortar campus to fully online "overnight." Drawing from surveys of students during the pandemic, Robbie and Danielle will review a case study of remote teaching and learning from student perspectives at a Jewish institution to inform us of lessons learned and help us predict possible futures of student learning in higher education.

Spaces to each session are extremely limited to give ample opportunity for discussion, so we encourage you to enroll today to participate in this premiere opportunity.

June 1st Presenters:

Danielle Sassman, Senior Director of Institutional Research, American Jewish University 

Dr. Robbie Totten, Chief Academic Officer, American Jewish University


robbie totten

Dr. Robbie Totten, PhD, is the Interim Chief Academic Officer and an Associate Professor of Politics and Global Studies at American Jewish University (AJU). He previously was a Visiting International Relations Assistant Professor at UCSB and Political Science Lecturer at UCLA. He writes on national security, foreign relations, U.S. immigration policy, and the American Founding, and his over ten academic publications have appeared in journals such as the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Diplomatic History, and Defense & Security Analysis. He feels privileged to have coached AJU's undergraduate Model United Nations team.


danielle sassman

Danielle Sassman is AJU’s Senior Director of Assessment, Institutional Research, and Registrar Services. She leads in the development, implementation, and monitoring of academic-wide assessment and evaluation, and academic institutional data across the University for institutional effectiveness, assessment, accreditation, and regulatory mandates. She also oversees all aspects of the Office of Registrar Services. Danielle is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California in pursuit of the Doctorate of Education (Ed.D) in Organizational Change and Leadership and has recently been named a recipient of this year’s Top 100 Visionaries in Education by the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL).

Event Contact
Contact Name
The Whizin Center for Continuing Education
Phone Number
(310) 440-1572